Jul 2, 2011 3:00pm PDT
is embedded with u.s. troops in afghanistan when the taliban attack. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. a special gathering to tackle america's serious economic problems. key figures from government, business and academia came together this week in chicago for the clinton global might be difference america conference. the event was the brainchild of former president bill clinton. i sat down with him in chicago for a candid interview on the country's debt crisis, the 2012 presidential race, and much more. >> mr. president, thanks very much for joining us. good to be here. first time you've done this as far as the u.s. economy is concerned. normally it's global issues. and i want to get to that, but let's talk about some of the big issues right now. jobs, jobs, jobs. it's a crisis, a game of chicken going on in washington right now between the president, the did democrats on one side, republican leadership on the other side. how big of a deal is this august 2nd deadline for raising the debt ceiling?
Jul 1, 2011 8:30pm EDT
to step in. you need to be here. i've been here. i've been doing afghanistan, bin laden, the greek crisis. >> the president says he wants to get working, wants us to get working. i cannot think of a better way than to pat him, on over to date. -- to have him come over today. we are waiting. >> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. republicans were outraged by the president's remarked. but harry reid was listening. the majority leader canceled the senate's fourth of july holiday -- what a sacrifice. what do you make of the president's performance on wednesday, mark? >> the president recognizes two things. over the past two years, democrats have lost public debates on major initiatives, economic recovery and health care. they don't want to wind that risk of this time. -- run a risk to this time. they have to lay out the consequences, the recklessness and irresponsibility of even entertaining the possibility of letting this country default on its obligations. >> evan, what do you think? >> you cannot be partisan on this. he is at least showing some energy. but he has got to be an arm twist
Jul 1, 2011 10:00pm EDT
to step in." you have got to be here. i've been here. i've been doing afghanistan and bin laden and the greek crisis. >> the president says he wants to get working, wants us to get working. i cannot think of a better way than to have him come over today. ng.are waiting sen >> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. for all the kids were outraged by the president's remarks. -- republicans were outraged by the president's remarks. but harry reid was listening. what you make of the president's performance on wednesday, mark? >> i think the president recognizes two things. over the last two years, democrats lost to the debate on their major initiatives, economic recovery and health care. they don't want to run the risk this time. they have to lay out what the consequences are, the recklessness and irresponsibility of even entertaining the possibility of letting this country defaults on its obligations. >> evan, what do you make of it? >> you cannot be partisan about this. at least he is showing some energy. but he has got to be an arm twister behind the scenes, and he is not really
Jul 2, 2011 4:00pm PDT
happens now. >>> fellow soldiers honor one of their own lost in combat in afghanistan. he was serving as an openly gay soldier. his parents are honoring his memory by fighting for same-sex marriage in minnesota. >>> when you enter the military, you have to take an oath to protect and defend the constitution. and to protect the country against foreign and domestic enemies. the enemy here is intolerance, misinformation, bigotry, probably greed. so as a soldier, that is what he was fighting for. >> i'll talk to them and a lawmaker in the state who wants to outlaw gay marriage. plus this -- ♪ that will never ♪ ain't no one going to love you ♪ >> boy, looks like a great time. one of the biggest music events in the country is in full swing in new orleans. we'll take you live to the essence music festival. >>> i'm don lemon at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. a lot of news, let's get you caught up. a tragic holiday weekend for a family in indiana. one boy is dead, and his older stepbrother now faces a murder charge. police arrived at the home near martinsville on thursday. the 6-
Jul 2, 2011 4:00am EDT
the questions. we had this earlie on foreign policy, afghanistan. where he said something in the debate. then it was cleaned up. then it really wasn't cleaned up. a question about whether the united states should have gone in afghanistan. should be fighting. this is going to be the thing that dogs him everywhere he goes. every time he opens his mout a problem. for a candidate you want to speak and talk looly like john mccain did in 2008. mitt romney is nev going to get that because people are so focused on it. >> bret: charles? >> right. for a man that is already extremely dispalestinianed he has to be unbelievably disciplined and repeat the same phrases everywhere he goes. evidence time he changes a wording there is a nuance. he will be accused of changes his mind. what he talked about, obama made stuff worse for unm employment and the misery index if you like in the country. that is what he is talking about saying it's worse. he says the recovery is the weakest, one could imagine, much, much weaker. than villaraigos reagan recovere early '80s. the stock market lost half of its value a
Jul 2, 2011 1:00pm PDT
and then a little bit later on, fellow soldiers, honoring one of their own, fallen in combat in afghanistan. but if you look at this, this man was serving as an openly gay soldier, fred, his parents are honoring his memory by fighting for same-sex marriage in arizona. and a lawmaker in the state who wants to outlaw gay marriage. and everyone in his unit was very supportive of him. and of course he was killed in combat. and when this happens, everyone there accepts it, why are you fighting against it? >> very contentious. >> a big holiday weekend. >> also just got back from new orleans. everyone's like where's fredericka. >> not this time, sorry. >> it's not the same without you. >> yeah, right, i'm sure that's what you were thinking. did you have a little bit of benier srk benier's? >> yes, and i had some barbecue shrimp. i thought they wanted to tap my autograph and take pictures. they say are you from cnn? i say yes, and they say where's fredericka? >> we'll see you at the top of the hour. >>> look at our top stories right now. attorneys for arizona shooting suspect jared loughner will ke
Jul 2, 2011 6:00am EDT
, and we were doing great things over there. >> the 19-year-old served in afghanistan on the scout sniper platoon and we are gla he is home safe and grateful to our troops, as always, this 4th of july weekend. >> those are the headlines and now we send it over to rick for weather. rick: the summer is feeling like the end of summer for so many. look how june shaped up for us across so much. a lot of texas, the hottest junes ever in midland. and miami, florida, the driest june on record. and tulsa, oklahoma, 29 days above 90 degrees and that ties a record. and now the drought monitor: a lot of drought across the southern area of the united states from arizona to florida and the drought now beginning to stretch across the mid-atlantic. we need rain. we will not get it. and now, a look at what we have for the day today, it is actually quite a nice day with showers down across florida, and hot across the plains, and 102 in wichita and in the west we will see a nice day, finally, the west has been cool, and 77 in seattle with warm conditions and hot across the southwest. and, dave, over to you.
Jul 2, 2011 7:00am PDT
at stories making news cross-country. in texas, a marine killed in afghanistan this week has been promoted posthumously and honored for valor in combat. he died tuesday while fighting in helmand province. his family learned this week he had been promoted from lance corporal to corporal and awarded the navy and marine corps achievement medal for valor in combat. >>> meanwhile, in california, 12 children all under the ag